Kyle Dargan
Death Toll

                   Somehow, this has become routine.

                          ~Pres. Obama, 10.01.2015

 

 

This road has surely paid for itself by now,

but let’s toss some more bullets in the bucket.

 

Clipped bodies pile up, obscuring the plazas

where we toss our spent bullets in the bucket.

 

Roll down the window. Eye our distant monuments

to war. In the foreground, let new killings blur.

 

Did Eisenhower foresee—paving roads for our heavy

armor’s movement—this interstate exchange of fire?

 

This news again breaks against our windshields

and we’ll toss still-warm bullets in the bucket.

 

The slugs sink over the blood-brimming lip,

burying names that line the bottom of the bucket.

 
Found In Volume 45, No. 01
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Kyle Dargan
About the Author

Kyle Dargan is the author of four collections of poetry: The Listening (2004), which won the Cave Canem Prize, Bouquet of Hungers (2007), awarded the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in poetry, Logorrhea Dementia (2010), and Honest Engine (2015).